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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old May 9th, 2009, 9:09 am Thread Starter
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Angry Great Ride bad ending

Took the day off yesterday and went for a ride through southern NH and VT then back home for 270miles. It was the back home part that was not so good. I have 1800miles on my 08GT and picked up a nail in the dead center of my rear tire 20 miles from home. Now I am trying to decide if I should just plug it and see if will hold by doing some short rides around town or bite the bullet and buy a new Metzler Z6 for $180.00.

Decision, Decision..... I know what the right thing to do is but just pissed that the tire only has 1800miles.

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old May 9th, 2009, 9:32 am
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I hate when that happens! I'd buy a new one and sleep (and ride) with confidence. Just my 2 cents.

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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old May 9th, 2009, 9:53 am
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Don't plug it, have them patch it on the inside. You'll be fine. Some guys will ride on a plug but I don't. A patch, no problem.

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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old May 9th, 2009, 10:06 am
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1800 miles on it?
It's half shot as my mileages go with them. Go get another and ride on.

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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old May 9th, 2009, 11:06 am
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I remember buying a new set of Metzler's 20 years ago for my K100RT when I moved back to Ohio from Florida (don't ask). I got to the West Virgina turnpike and was doing around 90 on the twisties, up hill, really "in the groove", and I hit something so big the rear immediately went totally flat, and I fishtalied all over but kept it upright. The hole was so big, I BARELY got it plugged to keep going. Those Metzlers do keep you up when the $hit hits the fan... That tire prolly only had 850-900 miles on it. Oh well...

Go buy another one. Nothing like fresh skins.
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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old May 9th, 2009, 11:08 am
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I only use plugs for emergency, patches for long term fix. If it was mine, I would patch it and use it for local rides only. If you have any long trips planned, buy a new tire and use the patched one for a spare.

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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old May 9th, 2009, 2:34 pm
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I had a combination plug and patch from the inside and it worked wonderfully. No air loss at all. I have done this with at least 3 tires and no problems whatsoever.

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I've had no problems with the couple times I had a cycle tire plugged. Dead center is the best spot to pick up a nail to have it patched. I'd do it.
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old May 9th, 2009, 8:45 pm
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dead tire...

do ya' really want to trust your $25000 bike and your only body to a 3 dollar plug and patch...??

buy a tire..

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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old May 9th, 2009, 9:14 pm
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Good ride bad ending

What Gilly and Keith B said. I had similar happen on a road trip last summer. Plugged it and rode it 1500 km. Nerve wracking at first....but still hokding air pressure after 200 km in blazing accept it. ride a little slower. Patching is the ticket!
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